Home Lectures THE HUMAN BODY

The Amazing Machine lecture engages children by way of lively participation to help them to appreciate how the experiences of their own body relate to the functions of Respiration, Digestion, the Senses, Memory, Illusion, and Muscles Bones & Movement. For Key Stage 2 (KS2) there is an optional special story to help children identify and commit the seven process of life to memory.

The greater interaction that comes from working with smaller sized groups turns this into an exciting workshop session where, amongst other things, children get to join in feeling a giant pulse, help an apple through a giant intestine and go on journey through the circulatory system.

Although very effective with all age groups, this workshop is particularly popular with 'Early Years' groups and, as with the vast majority of SciTech workshops, the pace and content is determined solely by the children themselves under the guidance of the lecturer and will vary from group to group. Given sufficient time, the workshop plans to cover the following topics:

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RESPIRATION

The purpose of the lungs

How the lungs work

Blood & air supply

The mechanics of breathing

BLOOD FUNCTION

Oxygen & Carbon Dioxide transport

Nutrient & Chemical Waste transport

Infection control

Temperature control

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

Location of the Heart and Lungs

The Heart

 Two Simultaneous pumps

 Heart Rate & Capacity

 Blood moves around body in a closed circuit

 Blood Vessels

DIGESTION

The body needs the nutrients extracted from the food we eat.

The Mouth

 Teeth

 The Tongue

The stomach

The intestines

The Liver

Kidneys

Bladder function & location

THE SENSES

The 5 senses + time

Perception

MUSCLES, BONES AND MOVEMENT

The Skeleton

LIFE PROCESSES (optional KS2 only)

There are 7 tests that ALL have to be passed to be a living creature


The KS2 module uses a linked list story to facilitate committing the 7 life processes to memory.